Microsoft Will Announce New Hardware at E3

Apr 28, 2016 - 12:58 PM - by garyopa
Brad Sams reports on his latest Xbox Insider findings on Thurrott's blog!

We now know that Nintendo is releasing their NX console in March 2017 and rumors about PS4K NEO are basically almost confirmed for late November 2016 launch, but what is Microsoft up to with Xbox One.

We basically know what Nintendo is planning on doing, they skipping the E3 this year, and at some special event later on this year, they going to unveil their NX and then launch it in March 2017, and as for Sony almost all the rumors regarding a little bit of upgraded PlayStation 4 console, with integrated VR support and 4K image upscaler is coming out in late November 2016, but what is good old Microsoft up to, so far they been the best at hiding the info regarding a possible Xbox One.2 system, but Sams says he is on top of it.

We are still several weeks away from Microsoft's E3 press event but what the company will talk about is starting to come into focus. Based on sources inside the company, expect to see new hardware at the event and there will also be a new standard controller that ships with the Xbox One.

The new standard controller will look similar to the current design, which isn't too surprising, but will likely come in a new color. Considering that Microsoft currently ships a black controller, a white default design seems like a decent mid-cycle refresh for the console to help spur sales.

In addition to an updated standard controller, the company is exploring new interactions between the PC and the Xbox One to further extend the capabilities already present between the two (game streaming). Seeing as Microsoft wants to make Windows 10 on the desktop and Xbox one a ‘killer combination', they are looking to leverage the ecosystem to create unique experiences for games that are on other platforms too.

The idea is simple, even for games that are not device exclusive, make unique experiences between the console and the PC that PlayStation cannot emulate easily to help differentiate the console from its competitors.

But wait, there's more. The company also has something else up its sleeve that I still don't have all the details on but it's a much bigger deal than an updated standard controller. While the rumors of a PS4K have been running rampant, and I don't know yet if this new device is set to take on that console, they will have another, much larger hardware related announcement, at E3 this year. I had previously heard that they were working on a new Elite console, they recently announced an Elite bundle, but I am not sure if this is an update to that product or something brand new.

This will be a big year for Microsoft at E3 as the company tries once again to show that its console is the better choice when sized up against the PS4. As I learn more about the new hardware, I'll make sure to pass it along.
So for sure, a new fancy controller is coming, but what else will we see in terms of new Xbox hardware unveiled at E3'16, Sams seems like he will be reporting on it soon, and Thurrott's blog has been known in the past to leak out actual information regarding upcoming hardware, so its one site and author to for sure follow over the next few weeks until we finally know the actual truth from the E3 event itself in late June when Microsoft hits the stage, but the big question is will we be all shocked by seeing an Xbox Two playing games?

NEWS SOURCE: Microsoft Will Announce New Hardware at E3 (via) Thurrott
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SIERRA Releases King’s Quest – Chapter 3: Once Upon A Climb

Apr 26, 2016 - 5:07 PM - by garyopa
Discover the True Story of How King Graham Met Queen Valanice!

Sierra™ has announced that King’s Quest™ – Chapter 3: Once Upon a Climb – the latest exciting tale in the new King’s Quest on PS4 and XB1 consoles so get ready now for another big quest to finish now!

So you completed the first complete of Quest's for the King, now get ready the amazing Third Chapter, and its already available right now to download on your console of gaming choice, so no matter the path you have chosen to experience it on, you will be ready!

Sierra has announced that King's Quest - Chapter 3: Once Upon a Climb - the latest exciting tale in the new King's Quest - is available today worldwide on the PlayStation®4 and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment systems, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and Windows PC via Steam. It can be downloaded via the PlayStation®Store, Xbox Games Store and Steam. Players who already own either King's Quest: The Complete Collection or King's Quest: Season Pass should download the new chapter directly through the in-game "Chapters" menu.

Perfect for springtime, King's Quest - Chapter 3: Once Upon a Climb adds a romantic comedy twist to the adventure, turning a spotlight to Queen Valanice, the future wife of King Graham and a classic character from the series' origins. As Graham continues to recount some of the most daring stories from his life to his granddaughter, Gwendolyn, players will get to experience the true legend behind Graham's first encounter with Valanice and how he rescued her from the wicked witch Hagatha.

Developed by The Odd Gentlemen, the new King's Quest takes players on a five-chapter journey back through all the untold puzzles, challenges and triumphs of Graham's long reign with the same memorable spirit of wit and wonder that first launched one of adventure gaming's greatest franchises over 30 years ago.

King's Quest: The Complete Collection (a bundle* containing all five chapters and a bonus playable story epilogue) and King's Quest: Season Pass (a bundle* including Chapters 2-5) are now available through the PlayStation®Store, Xbox Games Store and Steam. King's Quest - Chapter 1: A Knight to Remember and King's Quest - Chapter 2: Rubble Without a Cause are also available to purchase individually.

King's Quest is rated PEGI 12. For more information, please visit, and follow Sierra on Facebook and Twitter.

*Subsequent chapters and epilogue may be downloaded in-game upon individual release.
So have you been enjoying the various chapter's released so far for the new era of Sierra's adventures or are you upset about it all?
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GTA Online Sabre Week (April 15 - 21)

Apr 15, 2016 - 4:31 PM - by garyopa
Property Discount, RP Bonuses and The New Declasse Sabre Turbo Custom Available Tuesday

Rockstar announces the Sabre Week in GTA Online – a celebratory week of bonuses and double RP to help usher in the impending release of the new Declasse Sabre Turbo Custom, available Tuesday April 19.

Its yet another new week in the Grand Theft Auto Online gaming world, so time to post details on all the new stuff and specials that is coming up for our loyal GTA fans to enjoy and try out on their online gaming buddies!

Today, we are happy to announce Sabre Week in GTA Online - a celebratory week of bonuses and double RP to help usher in the impending release of the new Declasse Sabre Turbo Custom, available Tuesday April 19. From today through April 21 players will be treated to 20% of ALL properties (including garages); up to 50% off tattoos, hairstyles, and select clothing; along with double RP in daily racing playlists, impromptu races and riding with friends.


There's new Muscle in town and it's heading to Benny's Original Motor Works next week Tuesday, April 19th. The imposing Declasse Sabre Turbo Custom will be available for Benny's signature styling, with a wide range of impressive upgrades to choose from - whether it's hefty V8 engine blocks or glorious interiors and liveries designed to make a lasting impact.


As well as the Declasse Sabre Turbo Custom available from Tuesday, there are Double RP Racing Playlists throughout the week, clutch discounts to enjoy and much more to get you on your way to the checkered flag. It's the perfect opportunity to show off your fastest set of wheels and claim the roads of Los Santos as your own. Here are the range of specials on offer:



There's Double RP waiting for those keen to get behind the wheel with this week's Playlists, launchable directly from the GTAV boot screens. For those looking to road test their new Sabre Turbo Custom on Tuesday, don't miss out on the Lowriders Street Racing Playlist - ideal for putting the Turbo through its paces:

  • Friday 15th - Sunday 17th - Super Car Racing
  • Monday 18th - Tuesday 19th - Lowriders Street Racing
  • Wednesday 20th - Thursday 21st - Mixed Road Racing


Double RP bonuses are also available outside of the Racing Playlists. Impromptu Races will yield the twice the RP for anyone wanting to challenge other Freemode petrol-heads and if you're feeling up for some company on your speedy road trips, rake up Double RP when riding with friends and other players as well - the more players in a vehicle, the quicker you'll all earn RP.


Property owners will benefit from the pro-bono assistance of your friendly personal Mechanic during this period. Daily fees from the Mechanic are completely waived this week, so make the most of your time on the road.


Get what you want faster - and now at a savings - with GTA$ cash-back rebate bonuses available until Thursday, April 21st. This week only, purchase a Bull, Great White, Whale or Megalodon Shark Card and receive free bonus GTA$ - the bigger the card value, the heftier the GTA$ rebate you'll get. Cards purchased between Friday, April 15th and Thursday, April 21st qualify, and all the bonus GTA$ you earn during that period will be automatically deposited as one lump sum in your in-game Maze Bank Checking account by Friday, April 29th.
So what do you think of this upcoming week of GTA Online fun and action, are you going to be taking part in the new experiences?
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Microsoft set to reveal a new Xbox console?

Apr 14, 2016 - 7:08 PM - by garyopa
FCC filings say yes, as spotted by a NeoGAF user.

It looks like Microsoft may be updating its Xbox One hardware in the very near future. Two separate FCC filings have been spotted by NeoGAF user ekim, and they point towards potential new hardware.

There been alot of chatter about Microsoft planning a new Xbox One console and now it seems there is proof that an possible XB1 design change is coming thanks to a NeoGAF user finding two new FCC documents that seems to point to a new model at least in regard to WiFi module.

The argument goes that the Xbox One's wireless chip had to be approved by the FCC in order to sell. That much is always the case when anything uses a regulated form of communication. The Xbox One's wireless chip was approved by the FCC with a model number of 1525. With us so far?

Now, for the two recent filings. Models 1682 and 1683 have been filed with the FCC by Microsoft. Their numbering matches that of the wireless communications chip in the Xbox One.

The filings are labeled with all sorts of confidentiality notices, and they're all set to expire by mid-summer of this year. I'd imagine Microsoft has that expiry in place because of E3.
Here is some more details as posted by the NeoGAF user in regard to what Microsoft filed with the FCC and their notices, etc.

1. Xbox One's wireless chip was approved by the FCC under Model Number 1525 or the FCC ID C3K1525 (C3K is the unique identifier for Microsoft and 1525 the model number) you can see it's Xbox One:

2. There are TWO recent filings with model numbers

Not if we check the Exhibits for those two models we can see that model 1683 includes a document named "User Manual 1525" which is not yet available and thus under NDA but the name gives away that this is basically a new Xbox One which will use the safety information manual from the OG Xbox One (

--> New Xbox One revision - the NDA expires June 25 which means we will probably see a surprise release during E3

Model 1682 has the same wireless chip tested but the NDA expires late in July 29 and has it's own host manual linked but not the 1525 reference. Also there are quite some more Exhibits available here which makes me think this is the rumored Xbox Next or whatever it is called.

Also compare the label placements between OG Xbox One and 2 new filings.

I also tried to compare the test reports but a lot of results are missing in the 1682 model results.

FCC Filings show 2 consoles tested using the same WiFi chip where one is referencing the manual of the Xbox One and the other one not. (+ different expiry dates for attachments)
So what do you think is it a whole new Xbox One console, or is it just a newer model with better WiFi modules?

NEWS SOURCE #1: Microsoft set to reveal a new Xbox console? (via) TechnoBuffalo
NEWS SOURCE #2: Xbox One Revision and probably a NEW Xbox outed by FCC Filings (via) NeoGAF
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GTA Online Inch by Inch Adversary Mode Now Out

Apr 13, 2016 - 12:05 AM - by garyopa
Plus Vapid Minivan Custom Is Now Available

Today, RockStar Games is very pleased to announce that their new Inch By Inch team-based Adversary Mode is now available to play in GTA Online on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC systems starting now!

We posted the news last week that a whole brand-new mode was coming to Grand Theft Auto Online, will the long wait is now over, as RockStar informed us today, that they are rolling out the new GTA Online Inch-by-Inch mode right now to all platforms, so grab it now!

Today, we are pleased to announce the new Inch By Inch team-based Adversary Mode is now available to play in GTA Online on PS4, Xbox One and PC. The Double GTA$ & RP Featured Playlist, part of this week's slate of GTA Online bonuses and available directly from the GTAV launch screens, includes a pair of Inch by Inch Jobs at the Football Field and the Racetrack.

The Vapid Minivan also joins the customizable vehicular roster at Benny's Original Motor Works today. Players can bring their new, drive-by-ready squad van down to his Strawberry location for an inspired refit.
The new mode already been out for a few hours now, along with the special custom Vapid Minivan, so we love to hear your comments about your recent GTA Online experience, have you been taking part of all the amazing new things that RockStar been adding to it?
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GTA Online: New ‘Inch By Inch’ Mode and ...

Apr 08, 2016 - 12:12 PM - by garyopa
Vapid Minivan Coming April 12th + Double GTA$ & RP Playlists of Adversary Modes All This Week

GTA Online continues to evolve with the addition April 12 of the new Inch By Inch Adversary Mode and the Vapid Minivan, plus much more so read about all the GTA changes occuring this week right below!

Besides what we just mention above, there is also alongside a new set of new GTA Online bonuses for playing select Adversary Mode playlists all this week. Here is the complete breakdown, with our thanks to Nick from Rockstar for supplying us with the PR details:


Prepare to fight tooth and nail for every scrap of progress in Inch By Inch - a new GTA Online Adversary Mode launching this coming Tuesday April 12th, that sees you competing for possession of a package and clawing your way through a hail of bullets to reach your team's end zone. After each score, the action immediately resets - ensuring a frenetic and desperate battle of wits and skill. The player carrying the package cannot use their weapons, so tenacity and teamwork are required to advance towards the goal line. A burst of speed will help them make some ground, but only a constant barrage of support from their back-up will ensure their hard earned point.


In honor of the upcoming Inch by Inch Adversary Mode release, starting today we are offering double GTA$ & RP on a rotating Playlist of Adversary Modes that lasts all week long, which will include Inch By Inch when it launches on Tuesday. Once you've topped up your Maze bank account from the Playlist, head over to Ammu-Nation to take advantage of discounts on a range of weapons and maybe even pick up a few of the ones you've just unlocked with your Double RP earnings. Read on below for more details.


All this week, there will be a Double GTA$ & RP Adversary Mode Playlist ready to be fired off directly from the GTAV launch screens. The Playlists will be switched up with different Adversary Modes throughout the week, finishing up with a Double GTA$ & RP Playlist filled with the new mode Inch by Inch. Take a note of the schedule below, and follow us on Twitter and Instagram for regular Playlist schedule updates all week.

  • Friday April 8th through Saturday April 9th - Adversary Modes 1
  • Sunday April 10th through Monday April 11th - Adversary Modes 2
  • Tuesday April 12th through Thursday April 14th - Inch by Inch 1

Note that if you want to replay any of these Playlists for additional Double GTA$ & RP, you don't need to relaunch the game - you can relaunch them any time via the Rockstar Playlists section of the GTA Online pause menu.


Get geared up with an Ammu-nation blow out sale on select weaponry and Armor now through Thursday April 14th, all as part of this week's in-game bonuses. Discounts run all week and are as follows:

  • Sniper Rifles - 25%
  • Sniper Rifle Attachments - 50%
  • Shotguns - 40%
  • Shotgun Attachments - 30%
  • Body Armor - 50%


On the heels of the Declasse Tornado arriving this week at Benny's, look for another addition to his inventory this coming Tuesday - the Vapid Minivan for stylish squad transport, as pictured above.
So there you have it the complete low-down on all that is cool with GTA Online over this weekend and all next week, so enjoy it!
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Soda Drinker Pro Fizzes Up on Xbox One Next Week

Apr 05, 2016 - 3:54 PM - by garyopa
'Years in the Making' - 'The Citizen Kane of Video Games' - Pops Open on your Xbox One on April 12th

Crack out a nice cold one from the fridge (Sorry, only Soda Cans, no Beer, this is Family Fun Game) and see if you can score being the fastest pop drinker in town in front of your drinking buddies!

Do you think you have what it takes to have a belly-fun of Pop, and be the last man standing at the Soda Fountain, then you are in luck as finally after many long back-breaking years of hardcore game development and coding, the famous Soda Drinker Pro is ready to launch at pop-bottle rocket-speed onto your Xbox One console on April 12th, ready to unleash a wave of sugar and diet mess into your living rooms, just remember Don't Drink and Play as its not healthy for your controller when smashing all those buttons get to 1st place.

Next week will see the long-awaited arrival of Soda Drinker Pro for Xbox One, bringing the much-lauded soda drinking simulation to the masses.

"Years in the making", Soda Drinker Pro apparently features over 130 playable characters, hundreds of levels and missions to play through, as well as "a deep mythology" and Kinect support. It's been called "the Citizen Kane of video games," for obvious reasons.

I mean, just look at it. Art doesn't come any more pure or transcendant. Soda Drinker Pro will change your life when it launches for Xbox One on 14th April 2016. Watch the trailer below. If you dare.
Well the trailer is worth a 100 bottles of beer (Sorry, that is another type of drinking game), so just sit back pop open another one, and remember to stock up on chips and other snacks, incase you get hooked on playing this game with all your drinking buddies!

And the best part is you can get to send the loser to the store to get more pop, while you quickly input some 'cheat codes' for the next level! (Just Joking, I only play fair with my friends, unless they are girls as they always seem to beat me at these kinds of games!)

NEWS SOURCE: Soda Drinker Pro Fizzes Up on Xbox One Next Week (via) XboxAchievements
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Xbox visual designer outs 'Xbox neXt'

Apr 04, 2016 - 7:05 PM - by garyopa
LinkedIn profile lists the new system in addition to Xbox One and 360

A visual designer at Xbox appears to be working on a new Xbox console, after a listing for the 'Xbox neXt' was discovered on his profile.

There been alot of talk about Sony working on a side-stepping-upgrade to their PS4 called the PS4K, and before that even words from Phil Spencer that an 'upgrade' of sorts is planned by Microsoft at some point for their Xbox One, but now thanks to some clever people browsing LinkedIn profiles, they might have discovered a clue about the 'neXt box' from Microsoft is being codenamed: 'Xbox neXt'.

The designer has been with Microsoft since 2006, working on Xbox since 2008.

While Xbox neXt is unlikely to be the name of the new Xbox, its inclusion on the designer's profile further strengthens the belief that Microsoft is readying a new and more powerful Xbox console, possibly to be revealed at E3 this summer.

Xbox boss Phil Spencer has openly discussed the idea of more powerful hardware being both forwards and backwards compatible with Xbox games - much like Apple's model for iPhones and iPads.

Only last week, Spencer talked about the possibility of a much more powerful Xbox console, rather than a smaller-step update.

"I don't know anything about any of the [PS4K] rumours that are out there," he said, "but I can understand other teams' motivations to do that. For us, our box is doing well. It performs, it's reliable, the servers are doing well. If we're going to go forward with anything, like I said, I want it to be a really substantial change for people - an upgrade."
So what do you think would you support an 'Xbox neXt' console if like Spencer says its 'really substantial change', not like just a 4K playback and upscale upgrade like Sony is rumored to be planning?

But as long-time old scene friend of mine points out: 'Xbox neXt' was the working codename of Xbox One, hence why he has them listed in sequential order on his LinkedIn profile, if it was really a 'new console' it would be listed in front of the 'Xbox One' name.

NEWS SOURCE: Xbox visual designer outs 'Xbox neXt' (via) VideoGamer
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GTA Online: New Tornado Custom Arriving Tuesday

Apr 02, 2016 - 2:04 PM - by garyopa
Lowrider Bonuses, and more - Tornado Week Specials Only Until April 7th!

New arrivals to GTA Online, including the brand-new Declasse Tornado Custom, new maps for the SUMO Adversary Mode, and a bevy of in-game discounts to celebrate Tornado Week running now through April 7

We were so busy yesterday laughing at all the pranks around the 'net on April Fool's Day, that we forgot to post this PR regarding the amazing Tornado Week that is taking place right now on Grand Theft Auto Online until only April 7th, so check out all the details below:


Benny's Original Motor Works' spring inventory adds a bona fide classic next week - the Declasse Tornado Custom, coming this Tuesday April 5th. Unlock the full potential of this beauty with a glorious range of upgrades at Benny's, including expressive and eclectic Livery choices, an abundance of roof design options and many more.


For players who love the new SUMO mode recently released with Lowriders Custom Classics, we've got two new treacherous maps that have just been added today. Smash, bash and barge in high atop the SS Bulker at the docks in Sumo V - and take to the roof of Sightings Bar & Restaurant at the airport for the ultimate dance of destruction in Sumo VI.

Sumo VI is a battle royale atop the Sightings restaurant at Los Santos International Airport


Celebrate today's arrival of the new Sumo maps and the upcoming release of the Tornado Custom with Tornado Week starting today through Thursday April 7th. Players who log into GTA Online this week will receive special Double RP opportunities in curated Playlists as well as in all Sumo Adversary Modes plus Contact Missions from GTA Online: Lowriders. Plus great deals on select custom body mods and 10-car garage properties and lots of discounted items from the first Lowriders update.

Get Double RP in all Sumo Adversary Modes (including the new maps released today), Contact Missions from GTA: Lowriders and select Race Playlists. Players can also launch GTA Online directly into the Playlist when prompted while booting GTAV and to easily play and gain the Double RP bonus. Here is the full Playlist schedule:

  • Friday April 1 - Sunday April 3 - Sumo Adversary Modes (including the new maps)
  • Monday April 4 - Tuesday April 5 - Street Races
  • Wednesday April 6 - Thursday April 7 - Street Races (different set of Jobs)

25% off select modifications at Benny's Original Motor Works and all Los Santos Customs. With the impending release of the new Tornado come Tuesday, these discounts will be particularly handy. Mod out and take the streets by storm with an upgraded ride (although note that base modifications for already upgraded Lowriders are not discounted). Additionally, players who visit the Dynasty 8 website will enjoy 15% off all 10-car garage properties.

30% off of the Machete, the Machine Pistol and any item of Lowriders clothing.


We'll be kicking off and closing out Tornado Week with two blockbuster livestreams at the Rockstar Twitch and YouTube channels.

  • Today Friday April 1, 5pm ET

Playing new SUMO maps and other April's tomfoolery with Twitch all-stars:
Ellohime, EatMyDiction, TangentGaming andBikeM of Team New Game Plus

  • Thursday April 7, 5pm ET

We are excited to welcome huge GTA and Rockstar fan LOGIC alongside FaZe Clan's Rain, Adaptand Blaziken plus Rhymestyle and AfroSenju. Logic is in town performing at Terminal 5 as part of The Incredible World Tour and is stopping by Rockstar NYC for this special live stream. One elite MC and a gang of elite professional shooters will be riding out with Rockstar in the new Tornado Custom, and letting Faze air us out in some Compact Rifle and Machine Pistol TDMs and more.
So there you go, tons of fun you can have on GTA Online once you stop laughing at all the pranks from yesterday!
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Destiny Update 2.2.0 Details

Mar 31, 2016 - 1:25 PM - by garyopa
Plus Second April LiveStream Recap

Last night’s April Update Livestream saw Art Lead, Keith Bachman and Designer, Brent Woodrow, lend their expertise on the new, earnable gear set to be included in Destiny Update 2.2.0.

The big Destiny 2.2.0 Update is just around the corner and last night on Twitch we got to learn about all the new wonderful addition this update will bring us on April 12th, and here is short digest of the new features and challenges:



New challenges demand that you become even more powerful to overcome them. Difficulty and Rewards have both been increased in Prison of Elders, Court of Oryx, Heroic Strikes, Nightfall Strikes, and in the King's Fall Raid, as well as Iron Banner and Trials of Osiris.


For the first time, face the Taken and eight updated bosses in a Level 41 version of Prison of Elders. Visit Variks to partake in a brand new mode, Challenge of the Elders, featuring scoring, weekly boss battles, gameplay twists, and rewards.

Claim an Elders' Sigil from Variks each week in The Reef, and put your Fireteam to the test against three consecutive boss waves. The bosses and the gameplay modifiers change each week, for a total of sixteen unique encounters. Your score is tracked on the Elders' Sigil, and on Leaderboards.

  • New Quest Featuring the Blighted Chalice Strike

The Taken King is dead. Yet still his armies claw at our worlds. Even as you led the assault on the Dreadnaught, a powerful would-be Taken Prince fled for the safety of the shadows. Hunt him down before he grows too powerful.


A cell, from the Prison of Elders! The Taken now corrupt this territory where the Fallen House of Winter once attempted to raise a powerful Archon Priest. Fight your way to the cell. Stop the Taken surge.

Updated Difficulty & Rewards for King's Fall & Court of Oryx

Kingsfall Normal drops increased to light level 320. Kingsfall Hard drops increased to light level 330. Court of Oryx Artifact Drops increased to light level 335.
For a complete recap, visit the Twitch link below, and remember to tune in next week to hear about the 'new rewards' that are coming.

NEWS SOURCE #1: Destiny 2.2.0 - Second April LiveStream Recap (via) Twitch
NEWS SOURCE #2: Destiny 2.2.0 - April Update (via) Bungie
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